In response to reports of explosive battery malfunctions in Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a statement advising airplane passengers not to use, or even pack the smartphones during air travel. "In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices," the statement reads, "the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage."
The announcement comes after Samsung suspended Galaxy Note 7 sales, and issued a global recall for devices already sold, a reaction to reports that some phone batteries exploded during charging. Samsung claimed that the number of incidents was low — 35 globally as of September 1st — and nobody appears to have been injured so far by a malfunctioning device, but at least two property-destroying fires have recently been blamed on the smartphone. In the light of those reports, it seems only sensible to stop people from bringing a potentially explosive device into the sky.
FAA Statement on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Devices https://t.co/NADpT5Jma4 pic.twitter.com/e9uJvNmUUq— The FAA (@FAANews) September 8, 2016